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Three women still due to be hanged in ‘free’ Iraq

by SImon Assaf
Issue No. 2042

There are continuing fears over the fate of three Iraqi women condemned to death for supporting the resistance (Bush’s regime: lynch law in Iraq, 10 March).

Their execution, set to take place earlier this month, was postponed. There is no news on an appeal.

The Brussels Tribunal, a body that monitors the occupation of Iraq, received information that the women, held in Kadhamiah prison, are still alive.

The tribunal received word on the fate of the women from a visitor to the prison. According to the witness there are 16 children among the hundreds of women held in the notorious Baghdad jail.

Liqa Omar Muhammad, 26, Wassan Talib, 31, and Zainab Fadhil, 25, were convicted of “acts of terrorism” last year in trials widely denounced as unfair.

They had no right to a lawyer in a trial that lasted 25 minutes.

The court provided no evidence to support the allegation that the women took part in attacks on US troops and their Iraqi allies.

The women, who deny they are members of the resistance, were arrested along with male relatives. The fate of these men is unknown.

Despite an outcry, the US-backed Iraqi government has refused to release any details, and has yet to respond to the thousands of letters of protests, including a personal appeal by the Turkish prime minister.

Human rights groups have appointed a lawyer to investigate their case and push for an appeal, but they have been ignored.

The Iraqi Lawyers’ Union is calling for continuing international protests.

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Sat 17 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2042
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